15 May 2023
 | 15 May 2023
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The soil knowledge library (KLIB) – a structured literature database on soil process research

Hans-Jörg Vogel, Bibiana Betancur-Corredor, Leonard Franke, Sara König, Birgit Lang, Maik Lucas, Eva Rabot, Bastian Stößel, Ulrich Weller, Martin Wiesmeier, and Ute Wollschläger

Abstract. In this technical note, we introduce a web-based application, the soil knowledge library (KLIB), for the compilation and classification of scientific publications on soil process research according to the specific site conditions and experimental boundary conditions. The tool was developed based on the understanding that experimental findings in soil science are highly dependent on soil type, land use and climate. The KLIB, therefore, goes beyond other available digital libraries by providing meta-data on the site conditions and experimental settings for each publication. A number of visualization tools have been developed to explore the contents of the literature database very efficiently in order to support and facilitate the literature search efforts of the users. The KLIB is designed as a collaborative effort to encourage soil scientists to participate by entering their own studies and extending the existing database.

Hans-Jörg Vogel et al.

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Short summary
Our manuscript presents a new web-based software tool to support soil process research. It is designed to categorize publications in this field according to site and soil characteristics as well as experimental conditions, which is of critical importance for the interpretation of the research results. The software tool is provided open access for the soil science community such that anyone can contribute to improve the contents of the literature data base.